Biomedical Engineering - Carnegie Mellon University

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Biomechanics (BMEC) Track

Overview

The BMEC track addresses the application of solid or fluid mechanics to biological and medical systems. It provides quantitative understanding of the mechanical behavior of molecules, cells, tissues, organs, and whole organisms. The field has seen a wide range of applications from the optimzation of tissue regeneration to the design of surgical and rehabilitation devices. 

Targets

The BMEC track is ideally suited to the combined education of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering or Civil & Environmental Engineering, both provide the necessary foundation in the underlying physical principles and their non-Biomedical Engineering applications. This track may also appeal to students of Electrical & Computer Engineering who are interested in biomedical robotics. Education in biomechanics enables students to pursue careers in medical devices or rehabilitation engineering.

Track Requirements (Classes of 2017 to 2019)

Track Requirements (Classes of 2020 and Onward)

In addition to the Biomedical Engineering core requirements, students must fulfill the following requirements:

  • One (1) Required BMEC Elective
  • Two (2) BMEC Electives (either Required or Additional)

Required Electives (must take at least one of the following)

42-341 Introduction to Biomechanics – Fall
42-645/24-655 Cellular Biomechanics – Fall, every other yeart
42-646/06-646/24-657 Molecular Biomechanics – Spring, every other year
42-648 Cardiovascular Mechanics – Spring

Additional Electives

33-441/03-439 Introduction to BioPhysics – Fall
42-444 Medical Devices – Fall, Spring
42-447 Rehabilitation Engineering – Fall
42-640/24-658 Computational Bio-modeling and Visualization – Spring
42-643/24-615/06-623 Microfluidics – Spring, intermittent
42-647/24-659 Continuum Biomechanics: Solid and Fluid Mechanics of Physiological Systems – Spring
42-X00 BME Research* OR 39-500 CIT Honors Thesis* OR 42-661 Surgery for Engineers – Spring OR 42-671 Precision Medicine for Biomedical Engineers – Fall

*The 42-X00 research project (42-200/300/400 Sophomore/Junior/Senior Biomedical Engineering Research Project OR 39-500 Honors Research Project) must be on a BME topic that is aligned to the track, supervised or co-supervised by a BME faculty member, and conducted for 9 or more unitsof credit.

Some Special Topics and newly offered or intermittently offered courses may be acceptable as BMEC track electives. Students should consult with their Biomedical Engineering advisors and petition the Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate Affairs Committee for permission to include such courses as BMEC track electives.

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Track Requirements (Classes of 2017 to 2019)

In addition to the Biomedical Engineering core requirements, students must fullfill the following requirements:

  • One (1) BMEC Gateway Course
  • One (1) Required BMEC Elective
  • Two (2) other Electives (either one of the two options)
    • One (1) BMEC Elective (either Required or Additional) and one (1) Restricted Elective
    • Two (2) BMEC Electives (either Required or Additional)

Gateway Course

24-231 Fluid Mechanics
06-261 Fluid Mechanics
12-355 Fluid Mechanics

Note that 24-231 Fluid Mechanics satisfies Mechanical Engineering course requirements, 06-261 Fluid Mechanics satisfies Chemical Engineering course requirements, and 12-355 Fluid Mechanics satisfies Civil & Environmental Engineering course requirements.

Electives

Required Electives (must take at least one of the following)

42-341 Introduction to Biomechanics – Fall
42-645/24-655 Cellular Biomechanics – Fall, every other yeart
42-646/06-646/24-657 Molecular Biomechanics – Spring, every other year
42-648 Cardiovascular Mechanics – Spring

Additional Electives

33-441/03-439 Introduction to BioPhysics – Fall
42-444 Medical Devices – Fall, Spring
42-447 Rehabilitation Engineering – Fall
42-640/24-658 Computational Bio-modeling and Visualization – Spring
42-643/24-615/06-623 Microfluidics – Spring, intermittent
42-647/24-659 Continuum Biomechanics: Solid and Fluid Mechanics of Physiological Systems - Spring

Restricted Electives

42-X00 BME Research*
39-500 CIT Honors Thesis*
42-302 Systems Modeling and Analysis for Biomedical Engineering - Fall
42-661 Surgery for Engineers – Spring
42-663 Computational Methods in Biomedical Engineering – Spring
42-664 Bioinstrumentation – Fall
42-671 Precision Medicine for Biomedical Engineers – Fall

*The research project (42-200/300/400 Sophomore/Junior/Senior Biomedical Engineering Research Project OR 39-500 CIT Honors Thesis) must be on a biomedical engineering topic supervised or co-supervised by a core or courtesy Biomedical Engineering faculty member and for 9 or more units.

Some Special Topics and newly offered or intermittently offered courses may be acceptable as BMEC track electives. Students should consult with their Biomedical Engineering advisors and petition the Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate Affairs Committee for permission to include such courses as BMEC track electives.

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Revised 08/24/2016